Food costs a fortune, especially the healthy stuff.
In fact, the latest Household Affordability Index by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity (PMBEJD) group showed that the average household food basket, containing 44 core food items, now costs R4 928.34 compared with R4 355.70 last year.
We’ve all felt the rise in food prices and general living costs, which temps us into choosing the cheaper, less nutritious foods that fill bellies, but don’t necessarily support growth or boost our immune system.
To buck this trend and ensure that your family is getting the nutrition they deserve, on a budget, Laager Rooibos shared the five cheapest superfoods to add to your grocery list:
- Brew some Rooibos tea: Rich in antioxidants and naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos tea is the ideal beverage for the whole family. For hot days, Rooibos tea can be made into a delicious iced tea and even frozen as ice lollies.
- Stock up on sweet potatoes: A great source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre and potassium, this delicious alternative to the regular potato can be easily grown in your home veggie garden or bought relatively cheaply from your local store.
- Open that can of beans: Affordable and convenient, canned beans are an easy way to add protein and fibre to meals. They are also a good source of iron and other minerals. Use them to bulk up meals or enjoy them on their own on toast.
- Good old oats: A fantastic source of fibre, with the benefit of making you feel fuller for longer, oats are the ideal breakfast choice. In addition, oats are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc. To enjoy the full benefits of this affordable superfood, opt for the traditional, unflavoured and unsweetened options.
5. Swap out fresh for frozen: Many don’t realise that frozen fruits and vegetables can be a cost-effective way to incorporate more produce into the diet. They are often just as nutritious as fresh options, and can be used in a variety of ways, such as in smoothies or stir-fries.